Samsung Delays Galaxy Note 7 Shipments After Reports Of Explosions, Fires

Samsung Delays Galaxy Note 7 Shipments After Reports Of Explosions, Fires

Following Korean news reports of the batteries in some new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire or exploding, Samsung says it is delaying shipments of the device pending additional quality control testing. [More]

Samsung Shutting Down “Milk” Streaming Music Service

Samsung Shutting Down “Milk” Streaming Music Service

Just two years after launching its own streaming music service, Samsung will shutter Milk Music next month.  [More]

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Samsung Reportedly Preparing To Sell Refurbished Phones Starting Next Year

If you’re not willing to pay full price on a brand new phone but still want a premium device, you may have another option soon: a new report says Samsung has plans to launch a program offering refurbished versions of its phones as early as next year. [More]

Consumer Reports

Samsung And AT&T Won’t Tell You If Your Galaxy S7 Active Isn’t Waterproof, Or Extend Warranty

You might be familiar with the Samsung S7 Active smartphone, which both the manufacturer and its exclusive retailer, AT&T, advertise as being waterproof. Our phone-dunking colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports tested that claim and found the S7 Active lacking, with two test phones failing after a simulated 5-foot dunk in a water tank. Yet it turns out AT&T employees aren’t aware of this issue, and owners of the phone won’t get a lifetime warranty for liquid damage. [More]

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It Takes Dozens Of Companies To Make Your iPhone

Where does your mobile phone actually come from? What company makes it? How many people — how many businesses, how many factories, how many hands — were involved in its making? Most of us probably have no idea whatsoever how to answer those questions.

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Best Buy Closing 160 Samsung Mini-Stores, Expanding 250 Others

In recent years, Best Buy has taken to carving up some of its stores’ square footage and turning those areas into stores-within-a-store, including a slew of Samsung Experience Shops. Three years into the project, it seems the retailer is changing a few things up. [More]

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Sprint’s Parent Company Spending $32 Billion To Buy A Piece Of Everyone’s Phones

A big tech deal was announced between two international companies today. Japan-based SoftBank bought UK-based ARM for $32 billion, a sentence that’s meaningless to most of us. But put another way, it starts to make a whole lot more sense: the company that owns Sprint just bought the company that makes the parts that make your iPhone actually work.

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Consumer Reports

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Active Fails The Dunk Test

When a product says it’s water resistant, you probably aren’t going to test that claim out yourself (at least not intentionally). That’s why we’ve got the fine folks at Consumer Reports, who recently subjected the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active to a “dunk test” to see if the phone would live up to its watertight claims. [More]

Chinese Tech Company You May Have Never Heard Of Plans To Be Bigger Than Samsung Or Apple

Chinese Tech Company You May Have Never Heard Of Plans To Be Bigger Than Samsung Or Apple

If you’re reading this on a smartphone in the U.S., odds are high that you’re using either an Apple iPhone or one of Samsung’s many Android-based devices. However, Samsung’s sales are flat and Apple’s phone sales are declining, all the while China’s Huawei is drinking their milkshake. [More]

Samsung Thinks Adding More Ads To Its Smart TVs Is A Solid Business Idea

Samsung Thinks Adding More Ads To Its Smart TVs Is A Solid Business Idea

Despite what its actual customers say, for several years now, Samsung has believed that putting ads on their customers’ smart TVs is a really good idea. The idea really delighted the company when they first started slapping ads on smart TV home screens back in 2012, and customers remain exactly as not thrilled about it now as they were then. [More]

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Government Asks Wireless Manufacturers & Carriers About Device Security Updates

At the same time as their counterparts at the Justice Department are trying to circumvent smartphone security, the folks at the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission are talking to manufacturers about how to make these devices more secure. [More]

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Samsung V. Apple Patent Case

The ongoing patent battle between smartphone standouts Samsung and Apple will get its day before the Supreme Court this year, as the nation’s highest court has decided to hear arguments about one facet of the long-simmering dispute. [More]

Six Flags Adding Virtual Reality To Roller Coasters

Six Flags Adding Virtual Reality To Roller Coasters

Don’t get sufficiently nauseated from the ups, downs, turns, and loops of riding a roller coaster? Then plan a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is tacking on a virtual reality aspect to one of its coasters.
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U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

Apple has won another round in the seemingly endless battle with Samsung over patents: a U.S. court has banned Samsung from selling certain smartphones that infringe on three patents held by its rival. [More]

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Report: New Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Owners Will No Longer Be In Danger Of Sticking Stylus In The Wrong Way

Fear not, Galaxy Note 5 owners, you’ll no longer need to rely simply on a warning sticker to keep from accidentally breaking your stuff: Samsung’s next generation of the devices will only allow the stylus to be inserted the correct way, thus avoiding the danger of damaging the entire thing. [More]

Samsung Debuts Fridge With A Larger Screen Than Most Laptops, Washing Machine With Forgotten Sock Door

Samsung Debuts Fridge With A Larger Screen Than Most Laptops, Washing Machine With Forgotten Sock Door

Remember the refrigerators of your youth? Far from sleek, shiny, or Internet-connected, they were at least magnetic, which meant they doubled as the home’s bulletin board for reminders, calendars, and shopping lists. Now that everything is stainless steel, Samsung thinks it has a substitution for those old fridge magnets, by way of a 21.5″ touchscreen on the front of its newest refrigerators. [More]

Samsung Pay Expected To Roll Out To U.S. Online Shoppers Next Year

Samsung Pay Expected To Roll Out To U.S. Online Shoppers Next Year

Now that Samsung has tried its best to woo some more customers into signing up for its mobile payment app, the company is giving people the chance to actually buy stuff with Samsung Pay by allowing shoppers in the U.S. to use it next year for online purchases. [More]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Will Reportedly Charge Faster, Have Pressure-Sensitive Screen

Samsung Galaxy S7 Will Reportedly Charge Faster, Have Pressure-Sensitive Screen

Back in September, Apple unveiled its more responsive “3D Touch” display for the iPhone 6S, so it should come as little surprise that Samsung may have something similar in its back pocket for the upcoming launch of its flagship Galaxy phone. [More]